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Redemption's Blade

After the War, Book 1
Narrated by: Nicola Barber
Series: After the War, Book 1
Length: 11 hrs and 51 mins
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Summary

Ten years ago, the renegade demigod known as the Kinslayer returned. His armies of monsters issued from the pits of the earth, spearheaded by his brutal Yorughan soldiers. He won every battle, leaving burnt earth and corruption behind. Thrones toppled and cities fell as he drove all before him. 

And then he died. 

A handful of lucky heroes and some traitors amongst his own, and the great Kinslayer was no more. Celestaine was one such hero and now she has tasked herself to correct the worst excesses of the Kinslayer and bring light back to her torn-up world. With two Yorughan companions she faces fanatics, war criminals, and the monsters and minions the Kinslayer left behind as the fragile alliances of the war break down into feuding, greed, and mistrust. 

The Kinslayer may be gone, but he cast a long shadow she may never truly escape.

©2018 Rebellion (P)2018 Recorded Books

Critic reviews

“Great pace, compelling characters, some serious ethical arguments to make, and amazing action scenes. And it’s startlingly fun.” (Tor.com)

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  • Matthew
  • 20-08-18

The story of what happens after the epilogue.

Tchaikovsky’s superb skill and creativity kind of annoys me. The other two books of his that I have finished have been intensely original and compelling, and this trend continues in Redemption’s Blade. This book ends up being what I expected the first Mistborn, The Final Empire, to be. While I love that book, I was always a little let down that it wasn’t really about the ‘what happens after.’ Thankfully this book now exists. In its most basic form, Redemption’s Blade is a road trip across a classical fantasy world after the stereotypical dark lord has been defeated. It follows one of the slayers of the great evil along with a handful of companions, two of which that used to be the enemy’s soldiers. The focus is on the after-war sociology, politics, economy, psychology, and religion. You know, the things that should be boring, but in this setting are fascinating. There is action throughout so you shouldn’t feel like you’re reading a history book or anything stale like that. And let’s not forget character growth and the internal conflicts of survivors. As always, of special note is that this book is self-contained. I believe it is going to be part of a series, but don’t let that scare you off, there is a clear beginning, middle, and end. I was satisfied with how it ended, but I can guarantee I’ll pick up any other books that are released in this series given how much I enjoy the world and style. I recommend this book to any fans of fantasy, especially the ones that always wonder what happens after the last page of a fantasy epic.

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  • Michael
  • 15-10-18

Excellent story, engrossing and some fun

If you read lots of fantasy/ adventure this book may stand out- it has elements you can find in other books but is ultimately different. The author tells a good story but it was the gradual revealing of the characters, their impressions and lessons that kept my interest. Tchaikovsky brought them to life for me and I wanted to know what happened to them. And Nicola Barber brought even more depth to the story. Her performance is what makes me love audible books- engaging and memorable.

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  • Terry
  • 07-08-18

Brilliant

A heroic story told backwards and beautifully. The voice at first seems all wrong but by the end nothing else would have been right.

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  • ninjajoe
  • 19-07-19

a near-perfect balance.

Rarely have I ever seen such a brilliant example of World building, pacing, story arc, and character development so compellingly done. And so well-balanced.

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  • Mike Gourdin
  • 18-04-19

Fun and interesting fantasy romp.

This is a fun little story about what happens after the Great Enemy is defeated in all those other epic fantasy books we love. It's fun and a little meta. Its full of interesting concepts and excellent world building. The characters can be tropey and cliche, but that's clearly intentional, well executed and the characters are likeable and/or likeably hateable.

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  • iherdewe
  • 18-02-19

Good story

Volume up and down made it hard to listen to. Constantly having to adjust controls. Good story though.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 20-10-20

terrible (nonexistent) volume leveling

The narrator varies volume...A LOT. This usually adds to the delivery in an audiobook in that it expands the narrator's range of inflection (imho), BUT NOT when someone forgets to run the gd finished audio through a gd volume leveler. In this audio book the narrator ping-pongs from barely-audible whisper (seriously) to "loud". It is aggravating af. The narrator is awesome; I love her style. But the post processing is a giant steaming pile of fail.

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  • gwynn
  • 15-01-20

Someones DND campaign with too much backstory

This is not the same author who did children of time. This is his alter ego dnd campaign. it seems to start like a critique of tropes and explore the after the fight scenario which was an interesting idea of reconciliation, or politics, or something unique. power grabbing? but 9 houra in the characters never really develope beyond the trope. and the plot ignores all the possibilities amd decides its just going to devolve into a McGuffin search with the player joing on for whatever thin reason. and its boring the action is stale, the plot seems to be picked up in the end of the story. but most of the writing is an info dump on what happened before when the irrationally evil evil super bad guy was being super evil to eveyone. and the characters sing a song so they have feelings too! i get a slow burn book. but 9 hours in and im giving up.

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  • Brian
  • 11-01-20

Decent fantasy, but too sentimental for my taste

The story premise was great, and the way magic was treated worked well, but I found the main character too sentimental. Even still, I would probably read this story's sequel.

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  • Thomas Cavano
  • 17-12-19

Says Book 1, but stands alone

Redemption - a rare topic treated warmly, and honestly, it was a good journey, fun people, shattered world healing. Where else can you get that?